The House of Wolfe

The House of Wolfe

A Border Noir

Book - 2015
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On a rainy winter night in Mexico City, a ten-member wedding party is kidnapped in front of the groom's family mansion. The perpetrator is a small-time gangster named El Galán, who wants nothing more than to make his crew part of a major cartel and hopes that this crime will be his big break. He sets the wedding party's ransom at five million US dollars, to be paid in cash within 24 hours.
Published: New York, NY :, The Mysterious Press,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780802122469
Branch Call Number: F BLA
Characteristics: 248 pages ;,24 cm


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Dec 17, 2018

This is #3 of 4 books in the Wolfe family series, and the 2nd I've read. Doesn't matter, each works well as a "stand alone." The first was so good I couldn't wait to read this instalment.

Got concerned about about 50 pages in. A little more "back story" than I thought the author needed to burden this tale with. Especially the history shared between the story's two youngest female characters. I couldn't sympathize much (being the wrong gender and over half a century older than they are). It's clumsily inserted, too, in a single paragraph approaching a page and a half long! However...

Halfway through the book really picks up speed and James Carlos Blake really revs up the suspense. It's a "snatcher gang" thriller--the term is Mexico City argot for kidnapping ring. "Thriller" is accurate, here, with Blake switching adroitly between snatchers, the snatched, the ransom-paying families and potential rescuers. Did I say "potential"? I'll say no more about THAT!

Can't wait to read #1 and #2 in the series...In any order.


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